Update to Samsung’s Print Service App Brings Near-Universal Printer Support to its Galaxy Smartphones


If you have ever used an upper mid-range or high-end Samsung Galaxy smartphone over the last 3 years then Samsung’s Print Service app may be familiar to you even though chances are that you never found any much use for it.

The Samsung Print Service app is meant to make it easier to print documents and other works that like images wirelessly staright from one’s Samsung Galaxy smartphone by directing a user to the appropriate printer maker’s app, a process that is not so easy.

Samsung has been promoting its own Mobile Print app for wirelessly printing, copying, sending fax, and scanning documents.

However, the user base of Samsung’s Galaxy smartphone is very diverse and as such the company couldn’t continue burying its head in the sand in the hopes that people will be content with taking several long steps before getting something as basic as printing a plane boarding pass from their phone done or opting for its own printers. In fact, Samsung even spun and sold off its own printer division so it is definitely about time it started considering wider compatibility between the app which comes pre-installed on most of its smartphones and the printers available in the market.

That is exactly what the company is doing through an update announced yesterday that is already rolling out. The Samsung Print Service has been updated to include the Mopria Print Library which, according to a statement from Samsung, “will provide Samsung Galaxy mobile phone and tablet users the ability to easily and intuitively print documents from their mobile devices to more than 88 million printers, regardless of brand and without requiring any separate drivers, apps or downloads.”

“The Samsung Print Service, powered by Mopria, will allow users to easily print photos, documents, web pages, boarding passes, coupons or other content from their gallery, email, browser and other apps with print capabilities. Prior to this integration, users were required to search and download manufacturer specific printer apps for each printer brand they encountered. As a single pre-installed system tool, the upgraded Samsung Print Service eliminates all these steps and provides intuitive printing whether printing for work or for leisure. The Samsung Print Service will provide core print features such as paper size, number of copies, orientation, page range, color mode and double-sided print capability.”

Any recent Samsung smartphone running on Android 4.4 KitKat or later should be able to support the updated app which can be found on the Play Store. Users of flagship Samsung Galaxy S devices going as far back as 2013 (Galaxy S4) can sit tight as the update has already been sent to their devices by Samsung and they don’t need to do a thing to get it.

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Emmanuel writes on mobile hardware, software and platforms.